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Old 09-16-2018, 09:18 AM
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Drone assassins are cheap, deadly and available in your local store

You don't need the military to pull off an attack of the drones. They're capable of incredible destruction and now available to everyone.
Aug. 5, 2018. In the heart of Venezuela's capital, Caracas, Nicolás Maduro was delivering of a rousing speech. He stood high on a podium, speaking to a parade of military troops. The event was broadcast live on national TV. An hour in, the Venezuelan president flinched. His eyes widened. An unexpected object flew by.
It was a drone, carrying explosives along the city's historic Bolívar Avenue. Allegedly, this was an assassination attempt using a remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle -- the kind of drone you can buy from any electronics store -- fitted with explosives.
Jai Galliott, a nonresident fellow of the Modern War Institute calls the event in Caracas a "modern form of assassination."
Advancements in consumer drone technology mean commercial drones are more stable in the air. They have better communications systems. They can lift heavier loads. At less than $800 online, they're within the means of average people who want to record themselves on an adventure trail, or capture their kid's football game.

Drones are also capable of incredible destruction and, crucially, anyone can get their hands on one. Is it possible to stop bad actors from using drones in terrorist attacks? Answers are difficult to come by.
Off the shelf, into trouble
In 2015, an off-duty employee, reportedly for a US government intelligence agency, showed how easy it was to infiltrate a highly secure building. He borrowed a friend's 2-by-2-foot DJI Phantom drone, and accidentally flew it onto the White House lawn. Officials didn't catch it. The White House's radar was calibrated for bigger threats like planes and missiles.
In 2016, Kurdish forces shot down a small drone in northern Iraq, an unidentified "off the shelf" drone that exploded and killed two fighters when pulled apart for examination.
This January, a swarm of homemade drones fitted with explosives was thwarted by military countermeasures before it could descend on a Russian air base in Syria.

Drones come in many varieties. Most military drones closely resemble planes. The MQ-9, used by the US Air Force, has a wingspan of 66 feet (20 meters). Store-bought drones can fit in the palm of your hand. All have varying degrees of autonomy. Some military drones can fly autonomously, but can't use their weapons to target and kill without a human in the loop. Yet.
"The history of military technology is one of fighting war more and more remotely," says Toby Walsh, an AI professor at the Australian Academy of Science. "This would be the ultimate step, where there wouldn't be any human in there."...

... The kicker: Anyone could learn to build a similar device. "People are being trained on how to develop these things in high school, university," Galliott says.
Online forums, like, are filled with discussions among "amateur" drone builders. "Many actually give guidance on how to remove protections directly programmed into commercial off-the-shelf products," Galliott says, like height or range limits that are artificially imposed.
He warns that it's not beyond the capacity of determined people to build their own systems.
Anyone could turn a drone into a deadly weapon, he adds.
"And that's much more difficult to stop."
Hope is the dream of the waking man.

For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
Job 14:6-8
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